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Long Strange Journey: On Modern Zen, Zen Art, and Other Predicaments

Gregory P. A. Levine


This book examines Zen Buddhism in the modern-contemporary world, tracing a recent history that enchants, and constrains, understandings of where Zen and Zen art, aesthetics come from and what they look like, do, and mean. This perspective diverges from that evident in writings that laud premodern Zen masterworks and master artists; gush over timeless aesthetic qualities and metaphysical states; and promote with trend-spotting flair Zen’s design appeal and therapeutic value. In contrast, this book plots a historiographical through line from sixteenth-century contacts between Europe and Japanes ... More

Keywords: Buddhist, conflict, global, meditation, modernity, nationalism, postwar, transnational

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780824858056
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824858056.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory P. A. Levine, author
University of California at Berkeley